Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok = KL and Krung Thep

One of the first things I learnt about Thailand is that amongst Thais, Bangkok is known as Krung Thep –  City of Angels. How lovely.

As for Kuala Lumpur, it means muddy estuary 😛 In everyday use though Malaysians refer to it simply as KL. They’ll definitely just say KL when speaking English, or another, shorter derivative when speaking Malay/Cantonese/Tamil etc. Pronounce Kua-la Lum-pur in its entirety with proper diction and you’ll get a knowing look from locals – a-ha, not a Malaysian!

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One response to “Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok = KL and Krung Thep

  1. Good one! Got me ponder a little bit there. KUA-LA LUM-PUR

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